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EPISODE # 360

Leroy Hood & Nathan Price — Why the Future of Medicine Is Personalized, Predictive, Data-Rich and in Our Hands

The Age of Scientific Wellness: Why the Future of Medicine Is Personalized, Predictive, Data-Rich, and in Your Hands (book cover)

Hood, Price, and Shermer discuss:

  • the coming revolution in medicine
  • Why do we age and die?
  • sickcare vs. healthcare. Current model:

    1. Wait for something to go wrong.
    2. Try to identify what caused the problem.
    3. Try to fix it.
    4. If it works, repeat on the next person.
    5. If it doesn’t work, treat the complications or write a death certificate.
  • the body as a system of systems: perturbations in one cause more in others
  • current system: seeking cures for some people some of the time for some diseases
  • the 10 most popular drugs in the U.S. work for only about 10% of treated people
  • chronological age ≠ biological age
  • life expectancy, life span, average life span, longevity, and healthspan
  • Eliminating all cancers would only increase average life span by 3 years
  • genome vs. phenome
  • why current healthcare systems don’t work anymore
  • healthcare at home
  • why healthcare and drugs are so expensive…transparency?
  • measuring your “real” age
  • gut biome
  • optimizing brain function
  • brain plasticity, brain training programs, brain games, etc.
  • sleep, nutrition, exercise, etc.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • cancers
  • AI and quantum computing for better health.

Leroy Hood, MD, PhD developed the DNA synthesizing technology that made possible the Human Genome Project and is cofounder of the Institute for Systems Biology. A pioneer in the fields of systems biology, proteomics, and P4 medicine, he has won the Kyoto Prize, the Lasker Award, the Heinz Award, and the National Medal of Science.

Nathan Price, PhD is Chief Science Officer of Thorne HealthTech and Professor at the Institute for Systems Biology. Selected as an Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine by the National Academy of Medicine, he received the Grace A. Goldsmith Award for his work on scientific wellness and has coauthored over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

About the Book

We are on the cusp of a major transformation in healthcare―yet few people know it. At top hospitals and a few innovative health-tech startups, scientists are working closely with patients to dramatically extend their “healthspan”―the number of healthy years before disease sets in. In The Age of Scientific Wellness, two visionary leaders of this revolution in health take us on a thrilling journey to this new frontier of medicine.

Today, most doctors wait for clinical symptoms to appear before they act, and the ten most commonly prescribed medications confer little or no benefit to most people taking them. Leroy Hood and Nathan Price argue that we must move beyond this reactive, hit-or-miss approach to usher in real precision health―a form of highly personalized care they call “scientific wellness.” Using information gleaned from our blood and genes and tapping into the data revolution made possible by AI, doctors can catch the onset of disease years before symptoms arise, revolutionizing prevention. Current applications have shown startling results: diabetes reversed, cancers eliminated, Alzheimer’s avoided, autoimmune conditions kept at bay.

This is not a future fantasy: it is already happening, but only for a few patients and at high cost. It’s time to make this gold standard of care more widely available. Inspiring in its possibilities, radical in its conclusions, The Age of Scientific Wellness shares actionable insights to help you chart a course to a longer, healthier, and more fulfilling life.

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This episode is sponsored by Wondrium:

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This episode was released on June 20, 2023.

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